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Canadian Screen Awards embrace talent from beyond Canada’s borders

Andrea Martin will host the 3rd annual Canadian Screen Awards.
Andrea Martin will host the 3rd annual Canadian Screen Awards. Handout

TORONTO — The third annual Canadian Screen Awards (CSAs), taking place Sunday in Toronto, will be a celebration of talent from here at home and all over the world.

The gala honouring Canada’s film and television industry will be hosted by American comedian Andrea Martin.

Three of big name presenters and seven nominees in acting categories were born outside Canada. One of the films nominated for best picture was made in South Korea.

But the CSAs are not unique in looking beyond borders.

Oscars winners this year included a British actor (Eddie Redmayne) and a Mexican writer-director (Alejandro González Iñárritu). The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards this year honoured an American film (Boyhood) and American actors Julianne Moore, JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette.

READ MORE: Full coverage of the Canadian Screen Awards

At the CSAs this year, nominees in the four film acting categories mostly come from two provinces. Eight are natives of Quebec, three were born in B.C. and one hails from Alberta. Three were born in the U.S. and the other nominees come from the UK, Australia and South Korea.

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Here’s a look at some of the stars scheduled to be at the CSAs this year who were not born in Canada:

Andrea Martin – Host

Martin has starred in a number of made-in-Canada shows and movies (SCTV, Working the Engels, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and she was married to Canadian screenwriter Bob Dolman, but she was born in Maine and remains an American citizen. “I’m actually shocked that people don’t know,” Martin said last year on Global’s The Morning Show. “I’m a permanent resident here. I should have got my citizenship. If Canada would have me [as] a citizen, I would do it. I love this country and it’s given me so much.”

Kim Cattrall – Presenter

The Sex and the City star appeared in the 1982 Canadian film Porky’s and made the first Police Academy movie in Toronto — and she lived parts of her early life in Canada. Cattrall was born in Liverpool, England and moved to B.C. with her family when she was only three months old. She returned to England at 11 years old and didn’t return to Canada for five years — and then moved to New York City after high school. Cattrall, who has dual UK-Canada citizenship, continues to work in Canada. She mad 2005’s Ice Princess in Toronto and will soon start work in the city on a second season of Sensitive Skin.

Julianne Moore – Presenter & Nominee

The acclaimed actress was born in North Carolina and spent her early life bouncing around the U.S. thanks to her military father. She has dual UK citizenship through her mother. But, Moore has worked in Canada many times. She made 2005’s The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, 2008’s Blindness, 2009’s Chloe, 2013’s Carrie and last year’s Maps to the Stars (for which she is nominated at the CSAs) in Ontario and starred in B.C-shot film Seventh Son and made-in-Newfoundland The Shipping News.

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Kiefer Sutherland – Presenter

By almost any standard, Sutherland is pure Canadian! His parents Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas are beloved Canadian actors and his grandfather Tommy Douglas gave the country universal health care. But Sutherland was born in England and he spent his earliest years in California before moving to Toronto with his mother. During his film and television career, Sutherland has come home many times to work. His made-in-Ontario films include 2006’s The Sentinel and last year’s Pompeii.

John Cusack – Nominee

Nominated as best supporting actor in Maps to the Stars, Cusack is American who was born in Illinois.

Robert Pattinson – Nominee

The English actor has made more movies in Canada than most Canadian actors have. Pattinson made five Twilight movies in B.C. and the films Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars (for which he is nominated for best supporting actor), and the forthcoming Life in Toronto. He was back in Toronto late last year to start work on Idol’s Eye but production of the film was shut down over financing issues.

Atom Egoyan – Nominee

Egoyan, who is up for best director for his work on The Captive, lives in Toronto and makes most of his movies in the city. He was born in Egypt and came to B.C. with his family when he was only two years old.

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Michael Murphy – Nominee

Murphy (Fall) was born in Los Angeles and served in the U.S. Marine Corps before becoming an actor. He earned dual citizenship when he married Canadian actress Wendy Crewson (they divorced in 2009) and has worked on a number of Canadian productions, including the series This is Wonderland and the film The Trotsky.

Ahn Ji-Hye  and Yoon Da Kyung – Nominees

Both actresses, competing against each other for their roles in the movie In Her Place, were born in South Korea and still live and work there.

Mia Wasikowska – Nominee

The Australian actress is up for best supporting actress for her role in Maps to the Stars. Born and raised in Canberra, she moved with her family to Poland when she was a child. In addition to making Maps to the Stars in Toronto, Wasikowska was in the city for 2009’s Amelia and returned last year to star in the forthcoming Crimson Peak.

Dillon Casey – Nominee

The Remedy star was born in Dallas but raised in Oakville, Ont. He graduated from Montreal’s McGill University and the University of Toronto. His resume lists several made-in-Canada projects, including Being Erica and Nikita.